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The 33-year-old American superstar, who is widely regarded as a trailblazer for women in mixed martial arts, climbed the UFC ladder to become one of the best-paid fighters during her time in the sport.
Speaking at a UFC 193 press conference ahead of her title defence against Holly Holm in 2015, a reporter decided to ask Rousey where she stood on the dispute in equal pay.
The reporter brought up the pay dispute at the time for the Australia women's football team -- and was met with widespread boos -- but the UFC Hall of Famer made it clear why she was the highest-paid fighter at the time.
Rousey told the reporter that the "money they make should be proportionate to the money that they bring in."
The 'Baddest Woman on the Planet' explained: "I think that how much you get paid should have something to do with how much money you bring in.
"I'm the highest-paid fighter not because Dana [White] and Lorenzo [Fertitta] wanted to do 'something nice for the ladies,' they do it because I bring in the highest numbers.
"They do it because I make them the most money and I think that the money they make should be proportionate to the money that they bring in."
MMA fans wasted no time in praising Rousey for her response on the equal pay debate.
"Finally, someone who says something meaningful and universal," one YouTube commenter wrote.
While another posted: "The only thing missing was a 'mic drop.'"
A third said: "I love how this was an honest response, not scripted."
And a fourth added: "The most sensible answer to close the debate once and for all."
Rousey lost the UFC women's bantamweight championship in her shock defeat to Holm.
The 'Baddest Woman on the Planet' made her sensational return in 2016 against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, but Rousey suffered a humiliating first-round defeat.
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